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Celtic Enchantment Cruise, 2013

No, this wasn't a cruise featuring members of the Boston Celtics.

We had originally booked a 7-day Caribbean cruise on Holland America with my brother Ed for the week between Christmas and New Years (he is a teacher). A month or so before we departed, we were informed the cruise was over-sold, and asked if we wanted to rebook a different cruise, with Holland America picking up the cost differential. After a few days, we decided to take their 14-day Celtic Enchantment cruise instead. We sailed on the ms Prinsendam, the smallest ship in their fleet with only 800 passengers.

The cruise departed Amsterdam on Monday, August 5th and returned to Amsterdam on Monday, August 19th. In-between, we visited the following ports:

  • Milford Haven, Wales
  • Liverpool, England
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Foynes, Ireland
  • Cobh, Ireland
  • St. Peter Port, Gurensey
  • Plymouth, England
  • Brugge, Belgium

This wasn't (supposed to be) a photography cruise. In fact, I brought my camera body, but the wrong battery charger, and forgot the lens!

What follows are some of the highlights.


Amsterdam

We arrived at our hotel late Saturday afternoon, but just in-time for Gay Pride festivities. It was only a couple blocks from the main stage.


Liverpool


Dublin

This was the only port at which the ship remained docked overnight.

Brazen Head - Ireland's Oldest Pub (est. 1198)


Galway

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden


Foynes

Flying Boat Museum


Cobh

FOTA Wildlife Park


Guernsey

Despite the generally overcast weather on the trip, with temperatures generally just under 20C (68 F), this was in fact the only day it rained on us.


Plymouth


Brugge

Chocolate

 

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